Archive for April, 2003

U of I – NCSA Mosaic’s 10th Anniversary

Monday, April 28th, 2003

Saw this on Ray Ozzie’s weblog: U of I’s having a discussion of computing’s past and future, on the occasion of Mosaic’s 10 year anniversary, tomorrow night (April 29th, 7-9 pm). There’s a live webcast I’ll try to make, even though I” probably be on a plane then, headed to the Bay Area again for the Wireless Ventures conference.

PHP Applications

Monday, April 28th, 2003

I’ve been looking for an Apache/PHP based open source forums app, and think I’ve found it: phpBB :: Creating Communities

Also, I’m interested in phpcalendar as a replacement to storing my life in Exchange at work. I’m interested in seeing if I can do sahred calendars and recurrence in phpcalendar. Should be interesting.

Dr Dre on Steve Jobs – “Somebody Finally Got It Right”

Monday, April 28th, 2003

More on Apple’s iTunes Music Store, as viewed by Fortune magazine.

Apple unveils its online music store and new iPods

Monday, April 28th, 2003

New iPod
It’s hard to think of a mainstream technology company innovating more than Apple these days. For about $1 a song, you can download 200,000 high-quality songs from the 5 major record labels. Way to go Apple!

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Monday, April 28th, 2003

I heard about this at ETCON last week, and it’s really amazing. Samuel Pepys’ diary appears at day at a time at

Jamey’s Diving Page

Sunday, April 27th, 2003

Moon Jellyfish
My Divemaster Cousin-in-Law (can you say that??) has a personal webpage devoted to SCUBA that’s great if you’re looking for product or location recommendations, or if you need a dive instructor in the Seattle area. I’ve put a copy of his front page on my website to try to get the search engine spiders to find him. If you’re a diver or a diver wanna-be, have a look.


Sunday, April 27th, 2003

Tim Kane and I created this email-based games website, and I’m happy to announce it’s back! It’s pretty early stage, but if you have an HTML mail capable email client, try out a simple game of chess, checkers, go, or reversi with a friend.

Judge Rules Morpheus Not Liable for Copyright Infringement

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

Entertainment Industry Loses in Web Case

The link above points to the NYTimes’ article on yesterday’s ruling that Streamcast and Grokster are not in violation of copyright violation for distributing file sharing software.

It is interesting that federal judges have previously ruled against file sharing software, but that this judge understood the difference between these systems and Napster. As someone at the ETCON this past week said, “Architecture is politics,” which I really didn’t get until this piece of news. Since, unlike Napster, these systems have no central server that can control which files users are being traded (including non-copyrighted works), the judge ruled they cannot be held liable for what users of their software do, much like Sony and its 1984 case on the VCR.

The downside is, the media companies will start to sue individual users.

Fundamentally, it’s clear that these companies will do anything it takes to defend their business – distributing and marketing artists’ creations. The technology trend is obvious, though, that file sharing is a far more powerful way of distribution than retail stores (at least for those that have Internet connections), and that, like word of mouth, individual distribution will be more prominent in the future. Of course, artists should still be paid for their work, and will if the distribution systems are worked out right.

It will be interesting to see what Apple announced next week on the 28th. The rumor mill expects a $1 per song download system for Mac users.

One thing I really took out of the the conference last week – there is alot to know about the DMCA and EFF’s efforts there. Time to read up!

New Theme

Friday, April 25th, 2003

I’m trying this new theme, since the “Simple” one unsimply scrolled text to the right of the screen. I originally didn’t like this theme much, but thought it wasn’t so bad when I saw it on Tim Oren’s site. What do you think? Ditch it? OK?

AO’s interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Friday, April 25th, 2003

I missed this Part One interview that came out earlier in the week.

Interesting view of blogs in light of Google’s acqusition of Pyra Labs earlier. The logic is pretty straight-forward: weblogs make more pages for Google to index and search, and that’s a good thing for Google.

It’s amazing that Pyra had 1 million users at the time Google acquired them. Many people I’ve talked to (almost most, really) haven’t heard of weblogs, so I do some evangelism and try to explain them, but I think most people still think this is only something a small select few people really do. 1 million users (and that’s just for Pyra Labs’, while not mainstream, is a significant number. At Enonymous, we would have died to get 1 million users. Yahoo paid $1,000 per user – $2 Billion Dollars! – for Geocities’ 2 million users. So I think blogging is starting to definitely move from just something geeks do to something more and more of us are starting to do.